By Diana Omueza
Mr Uche Nwosu, a former Chief of Staff to erstwhile Imo Gov. Rochas Okorocha, has advised President Bola Tinubu to ensure that at least 60 per cent of technocrats from the private sector and 40 per cent politicians make his ministerial list.
Nwosu, who gave the advice in a virtual news conference on Sunday in Abuja, said that such composition would ensure a more productive and vibrant cabinet.
He said that it was also pertinent for the president to ensure that the ministerial list was not politically-driven and “not sentimental or sensational“.
“We have a lot of competent Nigerians residing in Nigeria that can do the work of a minister in different fields and there is nothing wrong in having a former governor occupy a ministerial post if he has done well.
“I don’t see anything wrong in that and also if Mr President wishes to add people in the Diaspora to his ministerial list, there is nothing wrong in that also.
“What I expect from Mr President is to ensure the nominees are people that have competence, character, patriotic, with no atom of nepotism.
Nwosu passed a vote of confidence in the president’s ability to put together a ministerial list dominated by individuals with proven integrity, character, competence and ability to carry out their responsibilities.
This, he said, was due to the president’s trajectory of working with an effective cabinet during his tenure as the governor of Lagos State.
“This is a man that we believe is working towards leaving a positive legacy behind as president. If you look at his appointments so far this is the first time we are having a service chief from the eastern part of the country.
“We believe that we would have ministers who will represent Nigeria and not ministers who are coming to say they are ministers representing their states,” he said.
He lauded the president for removing fuel subsidy, as well as the signing of important bills into laws and the signing of execution orders.
These, he said, were important steps taken by the president to restore, reposition and boost the country’s economy.
He urged state governments to effectively synergise with the Federal Government and ensure that they work hand-in-hand, especially in implementing, domesticating and executing paramount laws.